Radio Frequency Neuroablation
If you are experiencing chronic pain in your lower back, Radiofrequency Neuroablation may be an effective treatment. It’s an electrical current that is produced by radio waves and heats up a small area of nerve tissue, while decreasing pain signals from that specific area to the brain.
To find the injured facet joint, radiofrequency energy is used to interrupt nerve function. Pain signals will no longer be passed between the nerve and the facet joint. Once you experience relief, our physician will be able to locate the injured facet joint.
During the actual Radiofrequency Neuroablation procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb your skin for pain relief. Under Unity Physician Services, policies, we will also perform this injection under guidance of x-ray or fluoroscopy to ensure safety and efficiency.
Muscle twitching may occur during this process that can irritate some of your pain, but once the needle is positioned properly, the nerve will be numb. Radiofrequency energy is then used to diffuse pain signals from the branch. This process may be repeated at various levels of the spine.
Pain relief from Radio frequency Neuroablation can last anywhere from 6 to 24 months. Once your nerves regenerate, pain may or may not return and your physician will determine if a repeated procedure is appropriate. If you would like to speak to one of our expert physicians at Unity Physician Services, give us a call today!